Wednesday, November 10, 2010
3ww: The White Bear
I haven't done Three Word Wednesday in a few weeks. Today's words called me back.
The White Bear
The bear's belly was slit open, a gaping, steaming hole through which I could see its treasure: two cubs, one brown, one white. I fell to my knees, sword abandoned by my side. Blood soaked the pine needles. My grief was immediate, for I remembered the dream of only last week: the white bear, rising up over me, its roar waking me and leaving me trembling amongst my furs in the dark.
And now I had slain it before it had ever grown to test me. I could never be tested now. I would never be a man.
"I did not know, I didn't know," I cried, pulling the white cub from its mother's belly. Crimson fur, closed eyes: I held the death of my dream.
But from within, a whimper. The brown cub lived! I rubbed the sleeve of my parka over it, and it opened tiny jaws and mewled like a kitten. Standing, I tucked the thing next to my own skin and I ran with it, sword on my back. My village was three miles away. I ran and ran.
From high in the branches of the cedars, an owl watched. And with a blink of yellow eyes, a slow, sleepy gesture, it called the moon, who called to a white bear far away on a mountaintop, muzzle deep in a caribou.
The bear stopped eating. And turning on huge paws, it began its descent. Down the mountainside.
To find its daughter.
Thanks to ThomG and the 3WW community. I appreciate you reading and your feedback.